Catapult Incubator

6-week startup incubator for young entrepreneurs

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Develop your startup and launch it in the real world.

In this 6-week intensive program, you'll visit startup hubs and develop the entrepreneurial skills you need to create and pitch your business venture.
 
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Catapult Incubator Highlights

Incubate your startup idea or join a team

• NYC, CHI, & Silicon Valley

• Develop & pitch a startup

• Get real experience

• Learn from entrepreneurs

• Ongoing support by QØ

 
 

Develop your 3 Pillars of Entrepreneurship

Create a startup, activate your entrepreneurial mindset, and get support from peers and mentors.
 
 
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I. Skills

Customer Discovery
Ideation
Prototyping
Customer Acquisition
Pitching

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II. Mindset

Critical Thinking
Innovation Mapping
Problem Solving
Team Resilience
Leadership Ability

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III. People

Work with Peers
Learn from Pros
Ongoing Mentorship
Real-Time Feedback
Interact with Customers

 
 
 
 

Featured Startups Created by QØ Alumni

 
 

Learn From the Best

Meet some of our amazing faculty advisors and mentors from previous incubators
 
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Alison

Advisor

Design Lead

IDEO

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Haley

Mentor

Dir. of Product Research

The Future Project

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Slava Rubin

Judge

Co-Founder

Indiegogo

 

Explore more profiles of QØ Advisors & QØ Demo Day Judges

 

The Catapult Incubator Timeline

Sample of how the 6-week program unfolds over time
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SF/Silicon Valley

Week 1

Discover
Ideate
Form Team

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Remote

Week 2/3

Ideate
Prototype
Talk with Customers

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Chicago

Week 4

Prototype
Test
Market

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Remote

Week 5

Test
Iterate
Sell to Customers

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NYC

Week 6

Prepare
Pitch
Launch

 
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Ideal Candidates

Whether you've founded a startup or you have the desire to create one, this is the program for you.

• Desire to create a startup

• Passionate about impact

• Great collaborator

• Driven to push past limits

• Potential to lead

 

Types of Applicants

QØ accepts incoming high school freshmen to graduating seniors
 
 
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Founder

You have a business or idea that you would like to grow

What we look for

Founders with a business or idea that demonstrates strong potential for growth. We accept Founders with really new ideas as well as those who have already been running for a few years.

To apply as a Founder, you will have to provide evidence that you have taken steps to vet, test, and develop your idea or business.

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Free Agent

You are looking to join a team and get real startup experience

What we look for

Free Agents with a strong desire to learn, improve, and grow a startup. We accept Free Agents with varying levels of experience, but all demonstrate the ability to create, problem solve, and contribute to a team meaningfully.

To apply as a Free Agent, you will need to show that you have the drive, passion, and ability to grow a business.

 

Program Locations, Fees, and Dates

Full tuition awards and scholarships available. Click here for more information.

 
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Questions?
Click on links for Program FAQs, How to Apply, get info for Educators or Parents, or on Parent Programming. For any other questions, please reach out to us directly.
 

Application & Deadlines

 
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Questions about scholarships?
Learn more about our Tuition Awards + Scholarship information.